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Kravgi gynaikon (1978)

R | | Drama | August 1978 (USA)
Melina Mercouri plays an actress who is attempting a comeback with a staging of the Greek tragedy "Medea" (about a woman who kills her children) in her native Greece. As a publicity stunt, ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Maya / Medea
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Brenda Collins
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Maria
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Dimitris / Jason
Giannis Voglis ...
Edward
Faidon Georgitsis ...
Ronny
Betty Valassi ...
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Stathis
Irene Emirza ...
Diana
Panos Papaioannou ...
Manos
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Katerina Bourlou
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Melina Mercouri plays an actress who is attempting a comeback with a staging of the Greek tragedy "Medea" (about a woman who kills her children) in her native Greece. As a publicity stunt, she arranges a meeting with an American woman (Ellen Burstyn) who is serving a prison term for killing her own children. Features Mercouri performing "Medea" in the original, intercut with Burstyn narrating her crime.

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A Dream of Passion  »

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To prepare for the role of Medea,,an actress interviews an American woman imprisoned for a crime like Medea's: the murder of her own children.
31 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie many years ago, and cannot forget it. It is one of the most powerful movie about women's lives ever made. Not too many women actually murder their children (thank G-d), but in my opinion that aspect of the story was secondary, it was a specific case used to tell a general, universal story about women's dependence on men, and what it takes for a woman to actually break free of that dependence. The juxtaposition of the starkly choreographed performance of Medea with the ordeal of the American murderess was positively haunting. The scenes of Melina the actress relaxing, bantering with the men in her life provided a mature perspective that lends balance to the whole, and gives the story a sense of permanence and worldliness.


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